Saturday, February 2 2019 • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm • Workshop

Cost// $135 Full Session or $35 Single Class (available first day only) 
Dates// January 26th thru February 16th
Registration Deadline// January 25th

In an expansion of its popular and exciting Scriptease play reading series, and as an initiative to nurture state and regional playwrights and screenwriters, Iowa Stage is launching the Scriptease Writing Workshop. This workshop will offer a series of courses to area writers to help hone their skills and bring their scripts to fruition. This first four-week workshop will cover basic tenets of dramatic storytelling. No matter whether you write for the stage or the screen, these building blocks are essential to an understanding of dramatic structure. This course will offer opportunities to examine these basics of the form, and to implement them in the creation of the outline for a new dramatic work. As time permits, students will also draft scenes and have the opportunity to hear those scenes read aloud in class.

About the Artist: James Serpento is a Resident Company Member of Iowa Stage Theatre Company. He is the author or co-author of more than fifty plays and screenplays, most of which having been professionally produced. He is a Resident Playwright Alumnus of the prestigious Chicago Dramatists, where he also worked as an actor, director and teacher. His NYC credits include Night Class and Of Weddings and Divorces while, in Chicago, his plays A Danse for My Sisterlie, On the El Nighttimes and Private Passage (co-authored with Louise Bylicki, in both world premiere and later revival) were well-received.  James recently collaborated again with Ms. Bylicki on Every Cottage Home; and with Jeff Charis-Carlson on the book and lyrics of a new musical version of The Bacchae. He also wrote the screenplays for the five films he directed while a partner at AriesWorks Entertainment.

Iowa Stage Theatre Company transforms Iowa, its citizens, and arts community by producing truthful, relevant, and intimate theatre that inspires, enlightens, and entertains.

The Des Moines Social Club is passionate about creating accessible arts and culture opportunities for all members of the Des Moines community. For a scholarship application, please email